Snow flurries be darned. On Friday, Twin Cities' yelpers shoveled themselves out of hibernation for a late winter's night rumpus of food, drink and fun at Yelp du Nord!
With nearly 1,000 party-goers and 30+ purveyors packing the American Swedish Institute, this was the biggest local Yelp party in history.
Not only did the night cure everybody's cabin fever, but we also raised more than $3,000 for One Heartland, a nonprofit that supports children affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty and other challenges. (Want to put 'em over the top? Make a donation online!)
The deep roster of local businesses included a blizzard of bites like fresh oysters from Barbette, beef tenderloin and goat cheese-rhubarb panna cotta from Beacon Public House, lingonberry Swedish pancakes from Bryant Lake Bowl, to-die-for chocolate chip cookies from Common Roots, pork belly rilettes from Fika, bison ragu over nettle-potato gnocchi from Gnocchi Me, donut holes from Mojo Monkey Donuts…. OK, coming up for air real quick…. elote and jalapeño sliders from Neato's Food Truck, potato sausage from Red Stag Supperclub, museli parfaits from Seven Sundays, a gourmet marshmallow s'möregåsbord by St. Croix Chocolate Co., craft ice cream from Sweet Science Ice Cream and Vietnamese-marinated barbecue pork tacos from Vellee Deli. Phew, we're hungry again just thinking about it.
Yelpers were warmed from the inside out thanks to the numerous sips available, including Big Gingers by 2 Gingers Whiskey and Dark & Snowstormy cocktails by Bacardi Oakheart and Joia Soda. Guests sampled Oliver Winery varietals, Crispin Cider and hopped around the party to try local beer from Summit Brewing, Fulton Brewery and Harriet Brewing.